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mole salamander

noun

ambystomid

[am-bis-tuh-mid] /æmˈbɪs tə mɪd/
noun
1.
Also called mole salamander. any of various small- to moderate-sized salamanders of the genus Ambystoma, terrestrial or semiaquatic, inhabiting North America from New England to Florida and westward to Texas.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the ambystomids.
Compare axolotl.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; < Neo-Latin Ambystom(a) genus name (amby-, probably erroneous for Greek amblý(s) blunt, dull + -stoma -stome) + -id2
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